Tonight, the World has Lost a Great Artist

For the last few years, I have been hoping and hoping for another film by Edward Yang, who directed what has become one of the greatest treasures in my film library: Yi-Yi (A One and a Two). But tonight, Edward Yang passed away. Cancer. The news breaks my heart. He was only 59. (Peter Chattaway alerted me to the news.) I did not know it, but he was sick for seven years. To watch Yang's work was to see the world through the eyes of a man who delighted in children, who sympathized … [Read more...]

Farewell to the Storyteller Who Imagined the Horned King

Lloyd Alexander was one of the fantasy authors who inspired me to write story after story as I was growing up. He died last Friday, and I didn't learn about it until today. What a loss. Alexander's The Prydain Chronicles remains one of the great achievements in fantasy writing... not just for children, but for anyone. The Horned King became a permanent fixture in my nightmares long before Disney's lousy (but visually enthralling) adaptation The Black Cauldron. … [Read more...]

One of My Favorite Clowns

A legendary figure from my high-school days ... Larry "Bud" Melman, a giant from the glory days of David Letterman ... has passed on. … [Read more...]

Death of an Angel

I've just learned that Solveig Dommartin, the otherworldly beauty who brought an angel down to earth, and who found wings of her own, in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (my favorite film), died of a heart attack on January 11. She was 45 years old. … [Read more...]

Robert Altman, Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

A few words about Robert Altman from his friends and colleagues... … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Robert Altman

This is a devastating day for anyone who loves great moviemaking. … [Read more...]

Rest in peace, Adrienne Shelly.

Adrienne Shelly, star of one of my favorite comedies, The Unbelievable Truth, has been found dead in her office. … [Read more...]

Sven Nykvist, Cinematographer, Dead at 83.

Sven Nykvist, the man whose camera captured such memorably beautiful and varied films as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Sleepless in Seattle, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Cries and Whispers, Winter Light, and Through a Glass Darkly has died at the age of 83. He won a few Academy-awards, and was one of my favorite cinematographers. This is a great loss, not just for moviegoers, but for the whole world of art. … [Read more...]

Farewell to Bruno Kirby

"In my heart I know I'm funny." That's the line that will always come to mind when I hear the name Bruno Kirby. I loved him in Good Morning Vietnam, although I'm sure others will think of him in connection with This is Spinal Tap, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally, or The Godfather, Part 2. … [Read more...]

Wednesday specials: The Natvity! Chris Penn. Matthewes-Green on "Paradise Now." Da Vinci Decoded. Pixar. Amber Alert. X3 posers.

Wednesday's specials: REMEMBER WHEN I ASKED WHO WILL MAKE A MOVIE OF THE NATIVITY? This just popped up at Done Deal, the script sales site: Title: Nativity Log line: Centers on the two-year period of Mary and Joseph's life, culminating in their leaving Nazareth and journeying 100 miles to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Key characters and events such as King Herod, John the Baptist's parents (Zachariah and Elizabeth), the shepherds who were witness to Jesus' birth; and the arrival of the … [Read more...]


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